Give yourself the present moment

For New Years, my sweetheart and I took a road trip to the Muskokas in Ontario.  We had no plan, no reservations, no timetable to follow, except to see where we ended up.  It was, as we called it, “our adventure.”

The simple pleasure of asking, “You want to try that? You want to got there?” was freeing.  We just melted into the day and met the wonder of discovery in whatever happened.  And we had fun.  The highlight being a hike we did in Six Mile Lake Provincial Park (we had to hop the locked gate) and our discovery of the ruins of an old railroad town called, “Depot Harbour,” on Parry Island, near Parry Sound.

On our return trip home, we drove among the rocky cliffs of the Pre-Cambrian Shield back roads of old Highway 69, following the curves through Bala, Port Carling, Bracebridge, and Gravenhurst.   By day 4, we were relaxed and content, basking in the fullness of the present moment.  It felt great.  It was enough. In the calm movement of the day, life was beautiful.

Why is it we let things get us so wound up?  Why do we forsake such beauty and enjoyment for frantic, frenetic lives?  Yes, work and family make their demands, but we can go our whole lives running and chasing things that do not satisfy our soul’s longing for the richness of the present moment.

What are the things we can do to maintain a sense of balance?  What spiritual practices can we undertake to give ourselves more life in the present moment?    What kinds of things can you do to live for today and just be?  For it is in the present moment that we gain perspective on our lives and find creative solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

Will I hike more, read more, pray more, journal more?  Will I exercise as much to let go of stress worries as I do to keep up to our culture’s image of beauty?

At the beginning of this new year, it’s just as important to plan the quiet, reflective times, as much as it is to plan the weight loss regimen and the retirement savings contributions.

This year, give yourself the gift of the present moment.  Make it a priority.


  1. by Patrick O'Connor

    On January 10, 2012

    Robin, it’s quite wonderful that you are finding a gift through your difficulty; one through which you can nurture well-being through out your whole life. Congratulations!

  2. by Patrick O'Connor

    On January 10, 2012

    The work of John Kabit-Zinn looks very interesting. Many would do well to learn how to meditate.

  3. by Patrick O'Connor

    On January 10, 2012

    Thanks Linda, focusing on one’s breathing is the first lesson of meditation. Good to hear from you.

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